July 29, 2023
One of the most curious inventions when it comes to television design in the last century is ironically something that makes a TV look like something other than a TV — an art piece.
Technology and televisions both have come a very long way in recent years. These advancements have made for some very creative collaborations between the two. Each seems to find a way of enhancing the other in new and unpredictable ways. With exciting new products coming out every new product cycle, the advancements are coming at us quicker than ever, bettering and simplifying our lives with every new product launch. Just a couple short decades ago, a television had to take up quite a large space in the home, not only on the wall but in thickness as well. The idea of a flat screen was unheard of, and a larger sized TV could take up to several feet in depth depending on the model. Things have changed since then, and now it’s possible to have curved plasma screens that stretch as far as some movie theater screens. Because of this, it’s been possible to create a lot of unique uses for them. The invention of the picture frame TV (also known as the Samsung Frame TV) is one of the most exciting.
"Wouldn’t you love to wow your guests with a wonderful new piece of art that transforms into a full home entertainment system with the press of a button?"
For the last few years, Samsung has championed a very different style of TV, and this new Art Frame TV is currently available in 43", 55", 65", and as of 2020, a 75" model. Along with these uniquely designed TVs, it’s possible to add a custom bezel to the sides. This makes it possible to include a wood look, or something simple and white, instead of the black bezel the models come with out of the box.
To put it simply, the Samsung Art TV is a wonderfully designed art piece. So why would you want a thousand or more dollar art piece? Simply put, many of us have design in mind when we’re looking to decorate our homes. Many times a bedroom or beautifully crafted interior space can be easily muddied up by something as frustrating as a TV sticking out with tons of wires and boxes. The Art Frame TV does away with all those frustrations, and centers everything into a single wire, connected to something known as the One Connect Box (more on that later). It’s now possible to have a beautifully accented art piece on your wall, that is until you decide to turn on the big game, or your favorite Monday night sitcom. They’re just as easy to use as any other flat screen, and can be used easily with the most modern home automation systems, such as Savant Scenes, or Lutron Wall Plates. Universal remotes have no problem with them either.
Because you’re purchasing an ART TV, you’ll likely need some impressive art or photography to display. The Samsung Frame TV has an internal store that can be accessed from the TV with a WiFi connection, allowing you to shop through thousands of wonderful works of art. Some of these are free for use and others require a small fee. Not only that, but you have the option of uploading your own photography on the Samsung app directly to your TV if you have some photos or even a slideshow you’d like to display on the Frame TV when not in use. The TV comes with 16GB of internal storage, so you’ll be able to display any artworks you’d like.
One of the best customization options for the Samsung Frame TV is the bezel. Because this art piece will be the centerpiece of any room, its important to make sure it matches with its surroundings. Samsung has several options on their website ranging from simple black finish to a beautiful walnut trim. It’s possible to fit any one of these bezels easily on your TV to match it to the room of your choice.
Known as the “brains” of your TV, the One Connect Box is unique in that it takes all of those annoying coax, HDMI, USB, and who knows what other ports out of your TV itself, allowing for the TV to be mounted flush to the wall. This box can be put anywhere in range of the longest HDMI cords available (some can go up to 200 feet long!). Most people prefer putting the One Connect Box in the wall as to not see it once everything’s all set up, but if you can think of a more suitable place, go for it! This box is the key difference with these model TV’s, and is a godsend for the minimalist’s every desire.
While the task of mounting your Art Frame TV might seem a bit daunting due to the extra work involved around hiding your One Connect box and wires, it’s actually not that bad! There’s a simple mount that comes with your TV, and once you have an idea where the holes should be cut if any on the wall to conceal your wiring, you’re good to go. The most immersive aspect of installation for your Frame TV is concealing the wiring — which you’ll likely need to hire a professional audio video installation service for. This ensures your Frame TV is always disguised as an art piece and there’s no pesky wires floating about. The TV can be mounted on any wall in both vertical and horizontal positions using the attached mount. This allows for even more creativity in placing your favorite art pieces on the wall and converting them to your favorite entertainment setup in an instant.
Think of an area in your home where a normal TV mount just wouldn’t make sense. The Art Frame TV can remedy this issue with the installation of one of these models in said space. Art lovers can rejoice by the fact that this TV doubles as a perfectly hidden art piece. With the Samsung Frame TV, you do pay a little more, but you get all the comforts of the modern smart TV without the ugly wiring, mounting equipment, and everything else associated with those models.
When it comes to sound quality, there’s another caveat to the picture frame TV. Due to its inherently minimalist design and purpose, it doesn’t work well with sound bars. While you can install one, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense than spending a lot less money on a regular model instead. The picture frame TV doesn’t work as well in 5.1 or 7.1 Dolby style setups as well, because in order to properly work as intended, in-wall speakers would have to be very well hidden in order to not distract. In order to have a true 5.1 or 7.1 Dolby setup, front firing speakers are required to complete the setup. Most setups involving the picture frame TV consist of ceiling speakers only, which might be unfit for some who don’t like their dialogue coming from above. In a traditional setup, you’d have speakers coming from the front on either a bar or bookshelf style speaker as well. These are important considerations to take into account when deciding if you’d like a picture frame TV or just a regular old TV with a sound-bar to go with it.
Because the idea of a picture frame TV is the inconspicuous nature of its placement, some wiring expertise is needed to hide any evidence of its true purpose as a television. Without it, you’ll be missing the point of why you forked out a bit more cash for one of these pieces of art. You’ll need a wall in which you can run wires through, and the possibility of hiring a Bay Area installation service such as Regent5 who has installed Samsung Frame TVs in cities such as San Francisco, Atherton, Woodside, Palo Alto, Hillsborough, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, San Jose, Cupertino, Saratoga, Menlo Park and Campbell. They’ll be the best fit to help make sure everything is done properly. Once you’re all finished, then you’ll be able to enjoy a minimalist setup that feels right at home.